Sara is back! This month in her truly innovative style, she is opening up her post to any questions you want to ask. How often will get a chance like this?
I am a big fan of twitter – use it all the time (too much probably) and encourage my clients to use it. If you want to find me, my handle is @SaraMegibow and all of my clients are on my List called “SaraMegibow/authors”.
One of the neatest elements of twitter is the practice of holding #AskAgent sessions – a free-for-all, type your question and get it answered in live time chat session. (For you newbies, we label chat sessions on twitter with a hashmark like this – #AskAgent – and that’s how someone can watch or participate in the live time conversation). Of course, the writer has to be able to ask their question in 140 characters (twitter’s max letter count) and the agent has to be able to answer in the same.
So, for this months’ Romance University post, I thought we’d hold an #AskAgent session here instead of on twitter. Fun, huh?
Here are the rules – ask anything you want an agent (me) to answer BUT only ask if you are ok with the public (ie. The Romance U readers) seeing your question and my answer. Please do not pitch your novel – I am actively acquiring new clients, but accepting submissions only at firstname.lastname@example.org (submission guidelines available at www.nelsonagency.com). Please keep questions short (no, you don’t have to stick to 140 characters, but try to keep it to 1-2 sentences). Do not post any weblinks, headshots, sample pages, youtube videos, icons, etc. Finally, I won’t be able to go back and address “follow ups” – do you best to be clear and concise in your question the first time around.
Post your question as a Comment here on today’s blog post and I will answer as a reply to your comment. I will respond periodically throughout the day and hope to finish up by about 5:00pm MST.
To save time, these are the three most common questions I get asked in any and all interviews. PLEASE do not ask these questions as…POOF…here are the answers.
1) What are you looking for in the slush pile?
Anything well-written with a unique concept. I know, I know – it’s a cop out answer, but it’s the truth. Superior writing always catches my attention – I am looking to fall in love with my clients’ books. In general, I would love more romance authors – both in the adult and young adult categories, contemporary and historical (yes, even Regency!), paranormals, Scottish highlanders – you name it, I’m on the hunt!
2) What are you seeing too much of in the slush pile?
In young adult fiction we are still seeing a lot of dystopian. Yes, I can still sell it, but it’s becoming generic. In romance, I see a ton of contemporaries – especially romantic suspense. That’s ok – my two debut authors for 2012 write contemporary romance (Roni Loren and Tiffany Reisz – check ‘em out at their websites www.RoniLoren.com and www.TiffanyReisz.com). So, I know contemporaries sell well. If it’s well-crafted, then don’t worry too much about trends – the writing is what counts.
3) What is the correct word count for…?
Middle grade = 35,000-55,000 words (fantasy can be a wee longer)
Young adult = 50,000-85,000 words (again, fantasy or dystopian can be a wee longer)
Adult romance of ALL subgenres = 100,000 words (unless you are writing category romance or novellas – both of which are awesome but neither of which I represent)
Science fiction or fantasy with a romantic element (for the adult market) = 90,000-120,000 words
And now…Welcome to the Romance University #AskAgent,
So, the question is obvious . . . what do you want to ask Sara?
On Friday, Hank Edwards will be with us to discuss his decision to self-publish.
Sara has a great book for on lucky commenter . . . .
Her only hope for survival…
Handsome, wealthy and respected, Sir Mark Turner is the most sought-after bachelor in all of London—and he’s known far and wide for his irreproachable character. But behind his virtuous reputation lies a passionate nature he keeps carefully in check… until he meets the beautiful Jessica Farleigh, the woman he’s waited for all his life.
Is to ruin the man she loves…
But Jessica is a courtesan, not the genteel lady Sir Mark believes. Desperate to be free of a life she despises, she seizes her chance when Mark’s enemies make her an offer she can’t refuse: Seduce Mark and tarnish his good name, and a princely sum will be hers. Yet as she comes to know the man she’s sworn to destroy, Jessica will be forced to choose between the future she needs…and the love she knows is impossible.
Bio: Sara Megibow, Associate Literary Agent
Nelson Literary Agency, LLC
Sara has worked at the Nelson Literary Agency since 2006. As the Associate Literary Agent, Sara is actively acquiring new clients! The Nelson Literary Agency specializes in representing all genres of romance (except inspirational or category), young adult fiction of all subgenres, science fiction/ fantasy and commercial fiction (including women’s fiction and chick lit). Sara is an avid romance reader and a rabid fan girl of super sexy and intelligent stories.
Nelson Literary Agency is a member of AAR, RWA, SFWA and SCBWI. Please visit our website http://http://www.nelsonagency.com/for submission guidelines, FAQs, resources and sample query letters. Sara’s Publisher’s Marketplace site (www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/SaraMegibow) is a great place to find more about her personal tastes, clients and recent sales. You can also cyber stalk Sara on twitter @SaraMegibow
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